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Bysiewicz Wins in Naugatuck, Falls in Statewide Race; McMahon Coasts

Low voter turnout in Naugatuck.

Naugatuck voters have picked  and  in Tuesday's primary.

But it will be , not Bysiewicz, who will face off for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by , a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring.

According to The Associated Press, McMahon and Murphy were big winners in Tuesday's primary. (Patch will update readers soon as the official results are available.)

In the meantime, here's how the votes were broken down in Naugatuck, according to the office of the registrar. (Story continues after graphic.)

U.S. SENATE – REPUBLICANS

VOTES, (%)

Linda McMahon

656 (89.5%)

Christopher Shays

77 (10.5%)

U.S. SENATE – DEMOCRATS

VOTES, (%)

Chris Murphy

281 (42%)

Susan Bysiewicz

385 (58%)

The low voter turnout is easily explained, said one local official.

"There was no truly concerted effort in Naugatuck, and there was not a lot of interest in this primary," said Naugatuck Democratic Town Committee Chairman M. Leonard "Lenny" Caine, III.

He said he was not surprised that Bysiewicz did so well in Naugatuck because she has always done well here. He believes the former secretary of the state has better name recongition in Naugatuck than Murphy, whom Caine said did not campaign much in the Borough despite living two towns over in Cheshire.

In terms of voter turnout, Caine said he was disappointed with the low turnout; about 10 percent of registered Democrats went to the polls. The percent of Republicans was slightly higher, around 15 percent, but was still considered low.

"Anyone who is in politics, I would submit, is disappointed when you have a 10 percent turnout," he said. "Unfortunately, low voter turnout is a trend. Look in Waterbury: they had upwards of $700,000 or so spent in the campaign for mayor and they had just 32 percent turnout. People's attention spans are limited. They are tuned out." 

He believes one way to increase voter turnout in primaries is to stop holding them in August, when people are worried about getting ready for the school year and trying to sneak in a vacation. He believes the state should change primary dates to June when people are "still paying attention."

"If people truly want higher voter turnout, they need to change the election schedule," he said.

Republican Town Committee Chairman Dorothy Hoff said she was enthused about Tuesday because she saw energy from the local GOP, even though no state representatives from Naugatuck were challenged.

Bryan Cottrell August 15, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I think the low turnout is due to the lack of faith that voters have in any politicians these days. It seems whomever wins any election fails to live up to the expectations of the voters. It is time for our elected officials to work harder and get our country back on the right track. We in Naugatuck are fortunate enough to be represented by Rosa Rebimbas. Ms. Rebimbas is the exception to the rule. I have no doubt she has our best interests in mind. As for the others, they come a dime a dozen...promising things to get votes, then to ignore those promises after being elected...now is it any wonder that only 10% of Naugatuck shows up for an election.
John W August 15, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Rosa Rebimbas is awesome, she is not the typical politician. Too bad a one party rule shuts out reasonable people like Rosa.. As far a Bysiewicz, next Monday starts a new week, maybe she will change her mind again and want to be an astronaut or a fireman when she grows up.
MAC August 24, 2012 at 09:54 PM
"2016: Obama's America" is a must-see for those not wanting to be part of the "moron vote" in November. "2016: Obama's America" is showing this weekend in Danbury at Loews 16, in Waterbury at Brass Mill Stadium 12, and at about a dozen other theaters around the state as found below: http://www.2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=CT "Mr. Obama is casting his net for the moron vote. I do not believe there are enough morons out there to re-elect him." Read more: TYRRELL: Obama's looking for the moron vote - Washington Times I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that "there are [not] enough morons out there to re-elect him," because of what this Patch article reveals about the great lack of enthusiasm now for their candidates, after their blatant failures with employment and the Economy. Also, Millions of Americans are 'waking up' and realizing their grave mistake in voting for Obama in 2008. This is affirmed by 1) Romney's huge fundraising success compared to Obama's desperation over his donations being way down. 2) The size of the crowds at their appearances, which are now embarrassingly SMALL for "the one" 3) People are apologizing for their votes for Obama to their better informed friends, and to luminaries such as Rush Limbaugh and Mayor Giuliani--both of which I heard on WABC just this afternoon.

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